Focusing on Career & Cause Movement Building

post by DavidNash · 2020-04-17T12:17:10.709Z · EA · GW · 3 comments

Contents

  Intro
  Why make a non-local group?
  Should you set up a cause or career group?
  What to think about when setting up a group
  Examples
  Framework for a Network
  Other Resources
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Intro

There is a relatively large number of EA local groups and organisers compared to groups focused on causes, careers and other areas. There is also more advice for local groups. I think cause and career groups are neglected within EA.

There could be a lot to gain from having people focus movement building efforts on improving careers and cause networks. If more people consider these options and are able to share best practices that differ from local and university groups, this could lead to better growth and higher quality entry points for people new to EA.

To give an idea of the type of groups I mean, here are some examples.


Why make a non-local group?

I think the reasons for making non-local groups are similar to the reasons for starting local groups but there are also distinct benefits.


Should you set up a cause or career group?


What to think about when setting up a group

I have used questions for this section as I think the strategy used will depend quite a lot on the type of group. For example building up the animal welfare movement might benefit from being open to anyone joining whereas a group for lawyers interested in EA would provide more value to members if they filter for lawyers only.


Goals

Current Situation

Strategy questions

Evaluation


Examples

For some of the questions above I think different groups have found good answers for their communities and I’ll highlight some of them here.


Framework for a Network

As you can see from the examples above there are different tools that can be used to support a network but having a framework is useful to help decide what needs to be made, or to see if your group is missing something.


Other Resources

If you are thinking about working on something like this and would like to talk in more depth then send me a message.

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comment by stefan.torges (storges) · 2020-04-20T09:15:35.727Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Thanks for writing this! This seems to be very important if we want the community to tap increasingly into professional networks.

comment by Asaf Ifergan · 2020-11-09T16:49:02.204Z · EA(p) · GW(p)

Hey David, enjoyed reading this post so thank you for investing your time in putting this together.
One thing I'm not sure is clear to me, is if the goal of these communities is to bring together people who are interested in, say, animal welfare, and then trying to expose them to more EA content?
Or is it aimed to bring together people who are already interested in EA, but are more focused or interested in one area than other areas?

Also, this made me think of an idea - building teams of EA's who are professionals from the same field (Finance, law, marketing, operations) that can provide advice and build strategies for community building. I'll think and talk about this some more, and will try to figure see if there's any benefit in doing that.